Joe Mellor

Joe Mellor

Head of News & Social Media at The London Economic

What’s New in Peru for 2015

What’s New in Peru for 2015 By Neil Kook Ancient and urban adventure, a place as intricate as its most complex weavings, there are many reasons to visit  Peru. Now there are even more; we take a look at what is new in Peru this year to help inform your...

Earning Poverty; An Open Letter to Stuart Broad

By Jack Peat, Editor of The London Economic    On Tuesday afternoon England and Nottinghamshire cricketer Stuart Broad sparked outrage by Tweeting about the so-called privileged position of people on the minimum wage in Britain. The problem with statistics, as Zoe Williams of the Guardian soon pointed out, is that...

Super Bowl XLIX – Seattle Seahawls v New England Patriots

Sport News 24/7 By Sean Simara  @TLE_Sport  @Sean_FootyMad So here we are.  It’s finally Super Bowl week.  On Sunday evening the defending champions Seattle Seahawks face the New England Patriots.  Russell Wilson v Tom Brady; Pete Carroll v Bill Belichick; an elite defence against a high class offence.  Who will...

Kenya: ‘The Last Place on Earth; The Great Migration’

By Jonathan and Angela Scott I have travelled the world with my wife Angela in an attempt to capture the visual splendour of our wild places. We have marvelled at the sight of tens of thousands of king penguins pressed shoulder to shoulder among the guano spattered tussock grass at...

Around London in 9 breakfasts

This week is National Breakfast Week with people around the UK being encouraged to Shake Up Their Wake Up with new and exciting foods that set you up for the day. Breakfast Week, managed by HGCA and run on behalf of arable farmers who grow crops such as wheat, barley, oats...

28/01/2015 – Cumberbatch, Emma Watson and Chris Brown

By Charlotte Hope, Lifestyle Editor @TLE_Lifestyle Benedict Cumberbatch shows off his posh credentials  Whilst discussing the lack of opportunities for non-white actors in Hollywood, recently, Benedict Cumberbatch referred to black actors as ‘coloured’. It couldn’t have come at a more inopportune moment, given the context of the discussion, but it...

FRACKING: Government faces public rejection despite U-turn “victory”

By Elsa Buchanan, International Politics Correspondent  A Tories U-turn vote on fast-track fracking is being dubbed a ‘huge victory’, but campaigners say now is not the time to celebrate. The government made a major U-turn on plans to fast-track UK fracking after accepting Labour proposals to tighten environmental regulations on...

I vowed never to be a bystander

By Ben Gelblum Remembering the work of pioneering refugee human rights advocate Helen Bamber She helped the orphans of the Holocaust rebuild their lives. Then later, the tortured, broken survivors of Pinochet, the Argentinian junta, African and Middle Eastern conflicts, and a modern British approach to refugees that "disbelieves, destitute...

The Patience Test finds Brits’ Tolerance may be Slipping

A new study has uncovered key trends on how patient we are as a nation, finding the internet may have had a role to play in our slipping tolerance levels. The survey of 2,000 people found a third of Brits now describe themselves as someone who has no patience generally...

A day out at Woking FC

Sport News 24/7 By David de Winter - Sports Editor @TLE_Sport  @davidjdewinter Non-league football: a world away from the glitz and glamour of the Barclays Premier League.  Ramshackle stadiums in which you can only stand (for me, a plus), pitches that look like agricultural fields, facilities that are, putting it...

Brits’ Holiday Ambitions 2015

 By Steve Taggart Brits have high hopes for holidays We’re a nation of unfulfilled travellers with high hopes for an action-packed year of holidays –according to a lastminute.com study looking into Britain’s 2015 holiday ambitions. With eight in ten Brits committing to spend more, it seems we’re willing to splash...

Selma – Film Review

By Corrina Antrobus @CorrinaCorrina  In 1965 Martin Luther King, Jr, led 1000s of protestors 54-miles from Selma to Montgomery in support of black citizens’ right to vote - something that was already a constitutional right but was met with institutional hurdles. Director Ava DuVernay’s accomplished new film tells the story...

A Most Violent Year – Film Review

By Stephen Mayne @finalreel  thefinalreel.co.uk   After the fast paced economic implosion of Margin Call and the remote terror of All Is Lost, J.C. Chandor’s third feature takes place in a dark and icy New York of 1981. This is a place in which protagonists walk a yellow tinged balancing...

The Voices – New UK Trailer

Ryan Reynolds gets more than a few cuddles from his fury friends in this bizarre but brilliant looking dark comedy. This affable factory worker has a secret world where he hangs out and chats to his pets, namely his cat Mr Whiskers and his pet pooch Bosco leading him seemingly...

Amour Fou – Film Review

By Sam Inglis @24FPSUK  @24fps.co.uk  Lourdes, Jessica Hausner's third film, was my film of the year in 2010. Austere and thought provoking, it can be read in many different ways, and continues to fascinate and challenge with every viewing. This, quite apart from everything else about it, is why Amour...

Boris Johnson Fails to Confiscate the Revolution

London Mayor Boris Johnson has removed fencing on Parliamentary Square that had been erected to block Occupy Democracy's access after a successful appeal by Liberty and Occupy Democracy. The Mayor has backed down after a judicial review was launched against Johnson and the Greater London Authority arguing the fence is...

NHS postcode lottery of care for 10 million hard of hearing

By Steve Taggart Two in five NHS audiology departments (41%) are being forced to cut core services due to shrinking budgets or increased demand, affecting hundreds of thousands of people across the UK, according to a new report by charity Action on Hearing Loss launched today (26 January). Over half...

One Direction Fans Raise Over $10,000 for the British Asian Trust

We all know that the One Direction fan base can be an intense lot, but who knew they could be so generous? On the eve of the British Asian Trust’s Annual Dinner, taking place on February 3rd at the  Banqueting  House, Whitehall, London, One Direction fans have raised over $10,000 for the British Asian...

Son of a Gun – Film Review

 By Emma Silverthorn @HouseOf_Gazelle Jules Avery’s Son of a Gun is heavy on plot twists and pseudo-intellectual chess theory but disappointingly short on character development and depth. The film has an interesting enough heist-plot but only really gives us the characters barebones meaning that we care little about their various...

NFC & AFC Championship Review

Sport News 24/7 By Sean Simara  @Sean_FootyMad  @TLE_Sport Well what a sensational NFL Championship weekend; so many talking points and unforgettable moments.  We now know as the dust settles on Sunday’s action that it will be the defending champions Seattle Seahawks v the New England Patriots in Arizona for Super...

Cristina Kirchner: Nisman did not commit suicide

By Elsa Buchanan, International Politics Correspondent   Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the president of Argentina, has said that she does not believe that prosecutor Alberto Nisman committed suicide, as new findings raise questions over his death. Nisman, who accused the Argentinian President and members of her government of colluding with...

Ryan Sidebottom – a new cricket academy to inspire a new generation

Sport News 24/7 Ryan Sidebottom's passion for cricket never disappeared after his retirement from the international scene.  In an interview to Noy Shani, he speaks about his new coaching endeavours and England's chances in the upcoming Cricket World Cup. I caught former England cricketer Ryan Sidebottom, for a phone chat...

6 ways to get a clean desk

By Andrea Osborne, from cushion the impact If your desk needs a fast and furious makeover her are six successful tips to help you clean up your act. EMAIL SURGERY – Did you know we only use 20% of our emails correctly? Using emails inefficiently can drain our productivity. So...

2:30pm the Busiest Time of the Year for Job-Hunters

2:30pm today (Friday 23rd) is the busiest time of year for job-hunters, research suggests.   Restless workers will be polishing their CVs later today after the third Friday in January was found to be the peak period for workers to complete job applications, search for new posts and tweak resumes.  ...

Brits’ Top 20 Worries Revealed

A new study has revealed the top 20 things Brits worry about, with money, dead-end relationships and unfulfilling jobs among the main reason people in the UK say they're unhappy.   A meagre three in ten Brits are ‘happy with their lives', the survey 2,000 people found, with 69 per cent feeling...

Setting our cities free to grow

 By Cllr Jon Collins, Leader of Nottingham City Council and Vice Chair of Core Cities UK with responsibility for growth Barely a week goes by, it seems, without a new report making the case for devolution of powers and funding to city regions to drive economic growth and re-balance the...

Chamberlain’s of London: Review

By Jack Peat, Editor of The London Economic Oh how I miss spontaneous, local, seasonal food. For nights on end I bellow “where art thou market-based cuisine” across the rooftops of London, my desperate whimpers reverberating against the constant stream of wagons bringing food from afar. A city founded on...

Farage is UK’s least “tech-savvy” leader

By Steve Taggart David Cameron tops poll, but almost two thirds believe British politicians don’t know enough about technology  Twitter fan David Cameron is the UK’s most tech-savvy politician with Nigel Farage polling in a distant fifth place, according to new research released today by Crucial.com. However, the insights also...

Parliamentary sketch 21st Jan – Obama’s care received by PM

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor I’m quite paranoid and believe the whole world is a conspiracy (against who, I’m not certain), but I am sure there was a very elaborate planned “joke,” during today’s PMQs. The sting began with Robert Jenrick, Con, who said of Miliband’s economic policy, “to be...

Beyond Clueless – Film Review

By Sam Inglis  @24FPSUK  24fps.org.uk Beyond Clueless is not a documentary, rather it's an example of something that has lately become fashionable in film criticism; the video essay. Writer/director Charlie Lyne uses clips from every mid 90's to mid 00's teen movie you can think of (and several you can't)...

Inherent Vice – Film Review

 By Stephen Mayne @finalreel  thefinalreel.co.uk  Your name’s Larry Sportello but they call you Doc. You live by the Californian beach in a community shrinking by the day. Work is for suckers but you do it from time to time. In the PI game you’re a pro, or at least you...

Chez Boubier – Review

By Jonathan Hatchman  Food Editor Single menu restaurants have become quite trendy in London over recent years. A steady stream of exciting new restaurant openings offering an extremely limited choice menu allowing them to focus on just one or two signature dishes as opposed to flapping around a hectic kitchen while adding...

The Assassination of Princess Diana

Jack Peat reviews Truth, Lies, Diana at Charing Cross Theatre. On the night princess Diana died I was driving home from a family holiday in France. Most people know where they were when the tragic news started filtering through the media, the memory fixed in our minds in the same...

Show me the real money: Three monetary myths that need busting

By Brett Scott  Money pervades our everyday economic interactions. But, despite its importance, it is also pervasively misunderstood. Here are three common monetary myths – frequently perpetuated by economists – that need challenging. Myth 1: Money emerges from barter Economists often tell a tale about how old communities first used...

How the media push though the Human Trafficking legislation

By David Thomson "They had for the present no object immediately before them, but that by putting stop directly to the carrying of men in British ships to be sold as slaves,” were the words of evangelical christian MP William Wilberforce after his Slave Trade Act won an overwhelming Commons...

Two Night Stand – Film/VOD Review

By Clarisse Loughrey  @Clarisselou  The cultural consensus has been slowly letting the bar drop on rom-coms for years now. In some strange parallel to Two Night Stand’s own recently dumped lead, whose all-consuming sexual frustration leads her to pursue the very first dude who doesn’t reply to her online dating...

I’m Alright Jack – Blu-ray Review

By Sam Inglis  @24FPSUK  24fps.org.uk I never met my great grandfather, he died some years before I was born, but watching I'm Alright Jack I wished I could have seen it or at least discussed it with him, because I'm sure it would have struck a chord with him. In...

The Nightmare Economics of Ayn Rand

By Darragh Roche The term 'job creator' has crept into the political lexicon on both sides of the Atlantic. It sounds harmless, but don't be fooled - it is the quiet vanguard of a political and economic nightmare. Calling Ayn Rand a novelist is generous, calling her a philosopher borders...

Interview – Alright The Captain

By Grant Bailey (@GrantDBailey) As I'm sure any successful band will tell you, standing out in your music scene is tough. But with the discerning crowds of instrumental prog fans on the hunt for the latest band to blow their minds it can be even more challenging. Alright The Captain have...

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